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Student Brings Pellet Gun to Woodbridge Elementary School


BRIDGEVILLE, Del.- School safety has become a focus at the Woodbridge School District following three incidents of students bringing fake or less-than-lethal guns to school in about two months.

Most recently, a fifth-grader brought a pellet gun to the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School last week, prompting a district response Wednesday afternoon. The incident wasn't reported to the school until Tuesday afternoon, prompting a message to be sent out to parents Wednesday morning.

In early December there was a similar situation, when a Woodbridge High School student also brought a pellet gun into school. Then in early January, an elementary student from the Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center was caught with a toy gun on a school bus.

"It causes a lot of fear for people," said Superintendent Heath Chasanov. "It should. I understand. I have three kids myself. And so we really need help from our parents in having these conversations with their kids in that they can't bring these things."

The most recent incident put the Woodbridge School District's response in the spotlight. Through social media, rumors of a real gun spread and some parents said delaying even one day added to the confusion. However, Chasanov said that the waiting was needed to ensure that they got the facts.

"The worst thing you can do is come out and say something to the public," he said. "And then come back literliterallyto three hours later from a work standpoint. And have to contradict yourself because you didn't have all the facts. So the investigation is on-going."

The district said that one of the major problems it is facing is that many of these toy guns look real. For that reason, they have to react to all reports of guns, whether they are real or not. The school district has not said whether the fifth-grader will face punishment.

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